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Indoor Meetings, Events and Walks

Unless otherwise stated all indoor meetings will be held in the Upper Hall, High St Methodist Church, Witney at 7.15pm for 7.30 to 10pm

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Sunday 1st 4 am DAWN CHORUS
Minster Lovell. Meet at car park at top of lane leading to the Minster ruins. Map Ref: SP322113
Leader: David Rolfe 01993 773123 / 07583 426446 O
Friday 6th 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm INDOOR MEETING Upper Hall, Methodist Church, High Street, Witney. Malcolm Brownsword "Chilterns Wildlife". Please bring plants and books for our usual sale in aid of Club funds.


Sunday 5th 10.30 am BERNWOOD MEADOWS (BBOWT). A traditional hay meadow brimming with wild flowers and insects including green-winged orchids and forester moths. Meet at Bernwood Forest car park on Stanton St John to Oakley road from where we will walk through to the meadow. Map Ref SP612118.
Leader: Peter Creed 01635 550380 or 01865 248710 BOG

Saturday 18th 9 am MOTH MORNING and breakfast. Come and meet the moths from overnight traps at Stonefold, Worsham Lane, Asthall Leigh with Dr Marc Botham, butterfly and moth ecologist. Map Ref SP298116. Limited parking so please car share.
For information call Brenda Betteridge 01993 878615.

Sunday 19th 7.30 pm GREENHAM COMMON, Berkshire. Joint trip with Oxford RSPB to find tree pipits, woodcocks, nightjars and maybe a woodlark. Map Ref SU484653.
Leader: David Rolfe 01993 773123 / 07583 426446 O


Monday 4th 6 pm CHIMNEY MEADOWS
Joint meeting with the Wychwood Flora Group for a guided tour of this BBOWT reserve with Lisa Lane. SP 354013. Booking essential as parking is limited in the designated BBOWT car park on the left at the entrance to the reserve.
Contact person: Brenda Betteridge 01993 878615 BOG

Thursday 21st 7.30 pm SWINBROOK circular walk 2-3 miles via Widford followed by a search for glow worms after dark. Park near church SP280121. Car sharing is advised.
Leader: Sue Morton 01993 703686 BOG

at Newent, Glos. 47 miles from Witney. The centre is for the conservation of all birds of prey and their habitats through public education and captive breeding. Flying demonstrations. Café. Wheelchairs can be booked - Tel:01531 820286.
Postal Code GL18 1JJ. Meet in the car park at 11 am.
Leader: David Roberts 01993 841194/07790 516454 OW


Thursday 4th 6.30 pm UPTON, BURFORD
evening walk at Middle Lane. Park on B4425 (continuation of Sheep Street, Burford) near turn for Little Barrington. SP243124.
Leader: Tony Florey 01993 775020. BOG

Sunday 14th 11 am ASTON UPTHORPE DOWNS AND OVEN BOTTOM (SSSI) for summer butterflies, chalk grassland flowers, buzzards, red kites, wheatear, corn bunting. About 1 mile east of Blewbury on the A417, opposite the left turn to Aston Upthorpe and Aston Tirrold, turn right on to a steep unclassified road. After about half a mile, park at the large grain building on the right. Bring a packed lunch. Tea at West Hagbourne afterwards. The walk is about 4 miles with moderate gradients. SU550844.
Leader: Malcolm Brownsword 01235 850668 BOGL

Saturday 20th 12.30 for 1 pm SUMMER PARTY at Shilton Village Hall. Enquiries and bookings to Yvonne Townsend 01993 772906 / 07917 606129. Please bring your own wine. Soft drinks will be supplied. Send cheque made payable to West Oxfordshire Field Club for £12 to Tony Florey by 29th July.


Sunday 4th 11 am - 5 pm WYCHWOOD FOREST FAIR
in Cornbury Park, Charlbury. Entry fee. Volunteers needed for the Field Club publicity table.
Please contact Tony Florey 01993 775020 if you can help. BOG

Sunday 11th 11 am GEOLOGY WALK along Hook Norton Railway Cutting South (BBOWT reserve). This site is an SSSI for its geology and biology. The cuttings are amongst the most important sections of the Jurassic Hook Norton Member of the Chipping Norton formation in existence. This section helps us understand the fundamental changes that occur in the Middle Jurassic successions traced from the Gloucestershire/ Oxfordshire area into the east Midlands. Park at a minor crossroads and walk down to the entrance.
Grid ref: SP 35855 31832 Nearest postcode: OX15 5JR.
Leader: Lesley Dunlop BSc. BA. MSc. FGS. 01993 770703 / 07790 896118 BOG


Friday 7th 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm INDOOR MEETING
Upper Hall, Methodist Church, High Street, Witney
John Tyler "The Countryside in Autumn".

Sunday 16th 10.30 am FUNGUS FORAY at Foxholes BBOWT Reserve, Bruern. Meet in the reserve car park Map Ref SP259208.
Leader: Peter Creed 01635 550380 or 01865 248710.

Friday 21st to Monday 24th North Norfolk - 3 nights.
For enquiries please contact Roy Jackson 01993 841670 / 07976 050058

All indoor meetings are held at the High Street Methodist Church Hall, Witney, usually in the Upper Hall.
All are welcome from 7.15 p.m., and the main meeting will start at 7.30 p.m. Queries should be e-mailed to, or directed to the Programme Secretary, on 01993 841194.

We regret no dogs are allowed on our walks.

For the walks members are advised to buy either the first two Ordnance Survey maps or the second two in the following list to help in finding the start point of walks.

Map No 25 Outdoor Leisure Series for the Cotswolds at 2 1/2" to the mile.
Map No 180 Explorer Series for Oxford, Witney and Woodstock at 2 ½" to the mile.

Map No 163 Landranger Series for Cheltenham Area at 1 1/4" to the mile.
Map No 164 Landranger Series for Oxford area at 1 ¼" to the mile.

Waterstones Book Shop, High Street, Witney (next to Woolgate Entrance), Blackwells and Waterstones in Oxford stock these.

Map references for the walks venues consist of two letters (the map area) and six numbers. These can easily be worked out by reading the first two numbers of the reference given along the top or bottom (horizontal) edges of the map (the third map
number represents the number of tenths towards the next map number to the right).
Similarly, read the last three numbers for the vertical map reference from the bottom to the top of the map. Tracing with your finger, you find the meeting point where the two tracing lines intersect.

Queries should be e-mailed to, or directed to the
Programme Secretary on 01993 841194 unless another contact number is given in the programme.

Members without transport should telephone a club officer/committee member who
will be very pleased to arrange a lift.

Key to symbols used in programme:

B Botanical Interest
O Ornithological Interest
G General Interest
W Wheelchair accessible
L Bring Lunch
T Bring Tea

Previous programmes:

Winter 2015/16

Summer 2015

Winter 2014/15

Summer 2014

Winter 2013/14

Summer 2013

Winter 2012/13

Summer 2012

Winter 2011/12

Summer 2011

Winter 2010/11

Summer 2010

Winter 2009/10

Summer 2009

Winter 2008/9

Summer 2008

Winter 2007/8



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